first_imgThe stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters, the people said.Power management is more important in the iPhone 12 than for its predecessors given additional camera features and 5G capabilities, increasing Apple’s need for these components. It recently launched four 5G models and analysts expect strong consumer demand for the devices. During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned about supply constraints for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models, although he didn’t specifically mention power-management chips.Supply issues for the iPhone are “not a surprise” because Apple has just begun to ramp up production, the CEO said. “It’s hard to predict” how long the supply constraints will last, he added. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.- Advertisement – Apple has multiple power-management chip suppliers, according to a recent teardown from iFixit. The iPhone 12 Pro uses a component from Texas Instruments to control power to the camera system, along with a similar chip from STMicroelectronics NV and one from Qualcomm for the 5G modem.There’s also a power-management part designed by Apple in this handset. In 2018, Apple acquired technology and other assets from Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $600 (roughly Rs. 4,500 crores) million to build its own power-management chips.The disruption to iPhone production comes amid questions over Apple’s ability to galvanise demand for its newest gadget in China, following its worst quarterly revenue performance there since 2014. Investors are concerned the company is losing momentum to homegrown rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi in one of its most critical markets.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple is grappling with a shortage of vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhone models and other devices, people with knowledge of the matter said, complicating its ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget.It’s unclear to what extent the bottleneck may limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest. Despite the shortfall, suppliers are likely to prioritise Cupertino, California-based Apple and its power-hungry iPhone 12 over other customers lining up for scarce parts, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, according to the people. Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in October that 5G smartphones require 30 percent to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.- Advertisement – In the US, a check of Apple’s website shows that new iPhone 12 Pro orders won’t arrive to customers until the end of November or early December, while the regular iPhone 12 isn’t showing any delay. Many iPad models are showing deliveries between mid-November and the end of the month, while some Apple Watch models are showing delivery times in late November.-With assistance from Mark Gurman.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

first_img By: Mark Nicastre, Communications Director Schools That Teach,  The Blog Since the beginning, Governor Wolf has been committed to changing the status quo in Pennsylvania, and making education a top priority once again. Throughout the budget process, he stayed true to that commitment because he knew the end result would mean long-term, sustainable improvements to our schools – and Pennsylvania’s future. Now, the governor has secured a commitment from Republican leaders for a historic increase in education funding.Let’s take a look at the numbers (by increase):$350 millionOver the past several years, there have been devastating cuts to basic education. Schools have been forced to make difficult decisions. They’ve cut programs, and laid off educators. Governor Wolf has made restoring these cuts and supporting our public schools the keystone of his agenda. In this budget compromise, he fought for an additional $350 million in basic education funding. This will help support schools across Pennsylvania in their mission to prepare our children for the 21st century economy.$50 millionAs costs for schools have increased, special education funding has remained stagnant for years. Governor Wolf secured an additional $50 million in special education funding so that schools can prepare all children without having to make difficult cuts in programs.$50 millionPre-kindergarten leads to better outcomes for students. Governor Wolf secured an additional $50 million for pre-k funding that will help thousands of children gain access to early education. Research shows that access to pre-k helps children succeed throughout their schooling.$10 millionGovernor Wolf secured an additional $10 million in Head Start funding that will allow more students to enroll in high quality Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs. Like pre-k, enrollment in Head Start helps to get students on the right track for future success.5 percentAfter years of cuts to higher education, Governor Wolf fought for increased funding for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education, including our community colleges, state colleges and universities, and state-related universities.Governor Wolf understands the importance of compromise, offering several concessions over the last few months to issues like pensions and liquor, but throughout this entire process, he has stayed true to his most important goal: funding our schools and fixing education in Pennsylvania. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 01, 2015 BLOG: Budget by the Numbers: Historic Education Funding Increaseslast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Lieutenant Alan Behanna Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered the Commonwealth flag in the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in Butler County lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Buffalo Township Police Officer, Lieutenant Alan Behanna.The Commonwealth flag shall remain lowered until sunset on the day of Behanna’s interment.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. April 15, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMany of you have sent me letters about how the #ACA has helped you, your family, your children. I hear you. I won’t stop fighting for you.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 5, 2017 Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvania Voters, Promoting Job Creation and Small Business, Establishing Rare Disease Advisory Council Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: The Blog,  Weekly Update Last week, Governor Wolf announced that he would deny the Trump administration’s request to receive personal information and voter data of Pennsylvania residents. This week, Governor Wolf released a statement expressing his continued concern of the purpose and intention of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.This week, Governor Wolf also announced two job creation and company expansion projects in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that EY Intuitive would be expanding its facility in Philadelphia, a move that will create 65 jobs.On Thursday, the governor made another jobs announcement with the expansion of the Tyson Foods distribution center in Schuylkill County. The expansion will create 114 new jobs.Governor Wolf announced the approval of loans for four small business projects through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).On Friday, Governor Wolf signed HB 239 to establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council in Pennsylvania. The council will serve as the advisory body to the General Assembly and all other relevant state and private agencies that provide services to individuals with rare diseases.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 2, 2017 – July 7, 2017Wednesday, 7/5/17Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Four Small Business ProjectGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 65 New Jobs Through Expansion of EY Intuitive Facility in PhiladelphiaThursday, 7/6/17Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Tyson Foods Distribution Center, Creation of 114 New Jobs in Schuylkill CountyFriday, 7/7/17Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Establish Rare Disease Advisory CouncilPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on White House Election “Integrity’ CommissionWolf Administration Receives Federal Grant for State Police Body-Worn Camera Pilot ProgramHighlights from TwitterPlease RT: Instead of giving away your data, I’m encouraging eligible PA’ians to register to vote/update info at— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 3, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf July 07, 2017last_img read more

first_imgInvestors should not labour under the delusion that investment markets sit in an “ivory tower” apart from geopolitical risk, Bob Swarup has warned.Swarup, founder and principal at Camdor Global, said the admission by Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and APG that they were monitoring their holdings in Russia over the situation in Ukraine did not reflect an appreciation of geopolitical risk.Writing in the current issue of IPE magazine, he said the considerations – alongside divestment by PFZW from several Israeli banks – instead reflected the growing importance of both environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters and political activism to investment decisions.The growing importance of political activism comes despite many pension investors remaining concerned that an activist stance could damage investment returns. “The current mantra among investors is to view these tremors as transient dislocations and buying opportunities,” he writes. “The Ebola mini-panic owes more to weak manufacturing data, and, in the meantime, related healthcare stocks have surged.“This is cognitive dissonance in action. It is the result of 60 years of general political and social stability, which has deluded markets into extrapolating these perceived patterns into the far future.“Markets are deemed to sit in an ivory tower, unsullied by the murkier world beyond. But, ivory or not, the tower and the world share a common foundation.”Swarup, who is also a fellow of the UK Institute of Economic Affairs and has advised the country’s pension regulator, argued that the last few decades were an “aberration”.“You cannot divorce economics from people, politics, geography and society,” he says. “The norm historically is that these have all been important influences on the course of money and economies.”For more from Bob Swarup, see the Guest Viewpoint in the current issue of IPElast_img read more

first_imgABP made clear that the raised premium must also contribute to the recovery of its funding, which had dropped to 92.8% at October-end, and is now near the critical level that triggers immediate rights cuts.It added that rising life expectancy and changes in its participant population had contributed 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points to the contribution increase.The civil service scheme could not provide more details about the further rise of its premium, citing factors such as developments in salary, longevity, and the franchise – the part of the salary that is exempt from pension accrual.ABP said that it expected that its premiums would rise further by a couple of percentage points during the coming years.The civil service scheme did not grant an indexation for the eighth consecutive year, taking the combined inflation compensation in arrears to 11.9%.Earlier, the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW said its contribution would remain at 23.5%, while the €21bn PGB announced a rise from 21.5% to 24%.Premiums at the large metal schemes PMT and PME, however, are set to decrease as a result of a five-year agreement with the social partners.The €68bn PMT is to reduce its contribution from 23.5% to 23%, while PME (€44bn) is to decrease the premium level from 23.2% to 22.9%.Both metal industry schemes were able to reduce their contributions as they had created a financial buffer from premium surpluses during the past years. The €381bn Dutch civil service pension scheme ABP announced it will raise its contribution by 2.3 percentage points to 21.1% next year, as it has reduced its assumptions for future returns.The adjustment followed economic indications of structurally lower interest rates as well as returns, ABP said.Rather than drawing its expected returns from the maximum allowed assumptions – equating to 3.6% in real returns minus inflation – it has decreased its expected yield to 2.8% for the coming years, its spokeswoman said.Under the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), pension funds are allowed to use maximum returns for equity, AAA-rated government bonds, and non-listed property of 7%, 2.5%, and 6%, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgBy Astana EXPO 2017Green energy is no longer a mere dream, but the not-too-distant future. The availability of clean technologies gives the world a chance to win the struggle with climate change by creating a new world energy matrix.We are on the threshold of a new reality where green energy will be an indispensable part of every country’s economy. In 2016, UNEP experts recorded an unprecedented increase in total capacity of green power plants — 138.5 GW versus 127.8 GW in 2015. In addition, there is a downward tendency in the price of implementation of these energy sources. Thus, the volume of renewable energy investment decreased by 23%, equaling 2013 indicators of $241.6 billion. This enables countries and companies to extensively use the green technologies that are becoming more available.This summer representatives of 115 countries and 22 international organizations will gather in the capital of Kazakhstan at EXPO 2017 ‘Future Energy’. They will discuss prospects for industry development and sign the Manifesto of Values and Principles, following the example of the Kyoto Protocol, to encourage further stable development of the planet.The exposition will become a platform where the participating countries will present the most important projects in the field of renewable energy in their pavilions.In 2016 China invested almost $80 billion in green energy (UNEP report), once again retaining its leading status. In its Green Silk Road pavilion, the country will not only tell about its history, culture and strategy of stable development and technologies in the context of the “One Belt, One Road” economic initiative, but will also demonstrate the production of clean energy in daily life.Russia in its turn will showcase its potential in the field of renewable energy by the example of the Arctic. Guests of the exposition, called United Energy Flow, will suddenly find themselves in the vast territories of Russian North and will even be able to see and touch an actual iceberg.Germany, Europe’s second largest investor in renewable energy, will carry visitors into the City of Future, where one can see an animated laser show that will once again remind people that the main driving force of the energy shift is human. The pavilion will also present a wind farm model, sun panels, Smart Grid and Smart Home systems and energy saving technologies.Kazakhstan, hosting the green exposition, despite a large oil and gas supply, is implementing a target policy of renewable energy development. The republic has great potential for extensive use of all kinds of renewable energy sources. By 2030, the share of renewable energy sources in Kazakhstan’s total electricity generation is planned to reach 10%, and by 2050 half of the power produced in the country is to be green.Nur-Alem, the world’s largest sphere-shaped buildingKazakhstan’s pavilion will attract the attention of visitors to EXPO 2017. It will be located on the ground floor of Nur-Alem, the world’s largest sphere-shaped building. One can get acquainted with the history, culture and nature of the republic and the country’s development strategy here. On other floors of the building, space, solar, wind, biomass, water and kinetic energy will be presented in an interactive and informative way.The world’s most interesting projects in green energy will be showcased in the Energy Best Practices Area. The international choice commission, which includes Nobel Prize laureates, has selected 24 projects from 13 countries. One of the most interesting ones, Solar Impulse, is the first solar-paneled airplane to successfully complete a round-the-world flight, which attracted the attention of people all over the world. This pavilion will also present the Glowee startup. Young scientists from France have developed an unusual technology for energy production based on the bioluminescence of marine organisms.From June 10 through September 10, the capital of Kazakhstan will become a place that unites the whole world. The Industry Contribution is a new section in which the oil and gas industry companies share their project endeavors or analyses. This article was produced by Astana EXPO 2017 and does not necessarily reflect the view of No member of the editorial team took part in creation of this article. Please contact us at for inquiries.last_img read more

first_imgCompared to the winter period 2018-2019, offshore wind farms produced 60 per cent more electricity this winter, according to BOP, which added that winter production will further increase next year due to rapidly advancing technology and new wind farm installations. In February 2020, Belgian North Sea wind farms hit a record production of 804 GWh, measured at the Elia grid connection point. This corresponds to the annual consumption of 230,000 households, at 3,500kWh per year per household. This winter, offshore wind energy covered some 9 percent of the total electricity demand in Belgium, which represents a 50 per cent increase over the annual average in 2019. During the winter storms Ciara and Dennis, the majority of the wind turbines continued to produce electricity. On 29 February 2020, a production record was reached with 36 GWh of green electricity generated in the Belgian North Sea, BOP states. BOP The capacity factor reached an average of 56 per cent between November 2019 and April 2020, compared to 30 per cent in the non-winter months. In February 2020, it even reached 72 per cent. The average capacity factor in 2019 was 38.4 per cent. Six offshore wind farms in the Belgian sector of the North Sea produced an average of 639 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per month from the beginning of November 2019 until the end of March 2020. This is 45 per cent more than the average for the rest of the year, according to Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP), a non-profit association of investors and owners of wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea.  last_img read more

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – Kyle Strickler enjoyed the privilege of racing with a lot of his idols as much as he did winning Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Boone Speedway.Strickler led the last 23 circuits in the 30-lap Modified feature, on night five of the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. He earned $1,230 – including lap money – for the vic­tory, which came almost half a straightaway ahead of defending race winner Todd Shute. “This is such a big event. Winning this race ranks right up there,” he said. “When you look at the names of the drivers that were in it, a lot of them are my idols. It’s amazing to be on the same track with them and win.” 2011 Invitational winner Chris Abelson, 15th starting Troy Cordes and 17th starting Ricky Thornton com­pleted the top five. Jimmy Gustin charged from 25th starting to sixth. An Invitational record 16 states were represented in the 30-car field. Shute led the first seven laps after starting in the middle of row one. Strickler took the initial green from inside row two and after back-to-back yellows on lap four, quickly closed the gap on Shute. Shute and Strickler were pulling away from the rest of the field by lap six; Shute’s advantage was not much more than the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored. Strickler was ahead on lap eight. The last caution of the contest came out on lap nine and Strick­ler set sail from that point. “I kept on looking at the board and hope the track didn’t change. Sometimes the leader can be a sitting duck,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if the race was 25 or 30 laps but I had a really good car. We didn’t make any changes from Wednesday or Thursday. There were no adjustments you could have made to make this car any faster.” Strickler’s win puts him on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He had been the top vote recipient in the first of two rounds of social media voting to elect All-Stars from candi­dates that included winners of sanctioned races that paid $1,000 or more to win and 2013 re­gional and state champions. Ronn Lauritzen and Cory Sample completed the field as the top non-elected candidates compet­ing at Boone based on national points and feature wins, respectively. Feature results – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 3. Chris Abel­son, Sioux City; 4. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 5. Ricky Thornton, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 7. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 8. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 9. Cody Gear­hart, Turpin, Okla.; 10. Jason Murray, Hartford; 11. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 12. William Gould, Cal­era, Okla.; 13. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 14. Mike Jergens, Plover; 15. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas; 16. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 18. Ryan McDan­iel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 20. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y.; 21. Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; 22. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; 23. Joe German, Aber­deen, Wash.; 24. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 25. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 26. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 27. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 28. Jared Siefert, Luxemburg, Wis.; 29. Corey Lagroon, Sa­lina, Kan.; 30. Dustin Smith, Lake City.last_img read more

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The list of race programs canceled due to wet track conditions or rained out for Friday, May 27 now includes Atchison County Raceway, Beatrice Speedway, Boyd Raceway, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Lee County Speedway and Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.last_img